"I mentioned after the scrimmage there were 19 kids who received votes. Which means there's a lot of kids who are really looked up to around here; I love them. There are a lot of good capable captains on this team, but I think they're outstanding."
"Kory Pence is one of the most respected kids on the team, not for being the best athlete that's ever put on a Cyclone uniform but he's so hard nosed, blue collared, bring your lunch bucket, team guy, whatever I need to do for this team I'm going to do it."
After being a squad member the 2002 and 2003 seasons Pence took a huge leap in 2004. The hard-working offensive lineman earned a starting nod and improved dramatically throughout the season.
"Bret Meyer has just improved every phase of his game and one of the most improvements I've seen, strongest improvements has been as a leader. He is a strong leader, he's a vocal leader and it starts with having success and being confident."
Meyer threw for 1,926 passing yards, the 10th best single-season passing total in ISU history; he was the team's second leading rusher with 331 yards on 144 carries. The Sporting News named him a third team freshman all-American selection after a sensational first season.
"Dave Brcka was a sophomore
captain here for me years ago from
"Timmy Dobbins you've heard me say many times how impressed I am as a man, as a player, as father, as a husband and that leadership has carried over to the field; outstanding leader and captain for us there."
Dobbins was the Big 12 Conference Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2004 and an honorable mention all-Big 12 selection. The junior college transfer made an immediate impact adding 61 tackles and two interceptions on a prolific Cyclone defense.
"Nick Leaders I might have stuffed the ballot box if he didn't get. He had more votes than anybody on our football team for captain so it was no surprise to me how much respect he has from his teammates. I knew he was going to be [one of] our captains there was no doubt, just like I knew Ellis Hobbs was a year ago I knew Nick Leaders would be captain this year."
The anchor of the Cyclone
defensive front, Leaders was a second-team all-Big 12 selection a season ago. He
had 50 tackles, one recovered fumble, 3.5 sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. The
fourth-year player was a first-team all-freshman selection by
collegefootballnews.com and was